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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
Family Opera Initiative - Ardea Arts
Cat: The Opera-Musical - World Premiere
Kitty Brazelton
George Plimpton
Grethe Barrett Holby Director
David Wolfson Music Director
Camille Assaf Costume Designer
Ray Wetmore Scenic Designer
Opening Date: Sunday, September 19, 2010
Venue & 
Performance Dates:
Central Park Zoo Sea Lion Habitat
September 19m
Cast Information: There is no casting information available for this production at this time.
Company Information
Family Opera Initiative - Ardea Arts
Address:  463 Broome Street, New York NY 10013 United States
Web site:
Phone:  212-431-7039

Mission Statement/Description:
"Family Opera Initiative is a company created to bring to a widely diverse audience the opera experience in the form of new, original American "opera-musicals" that are accessible but challenging, made by exciting, unexpected artists, who speak to this audience through the artistic media of opera: music, words, theater, and visuals, with subject matter that matters. - to bring unexpected artists together to create original American operas with artistic integrity and depth, that will connect to multigenerational and non-standard audiences, especially preteens, teens and adults of all ages - to reach, engage and entertain a public not ordinarily predisposed to the notion of 'opera' - to explode the notion that opera is old fashioned, a museum, an art form for the intelligentsia - to make indigenous American opera, with American themes, language and music - a modern day, ultra American singspiel - the "Opera-Musical" - to create this work to a benchmark that will also engage and challenge seasoned opera and theater audiences - to present these "opera-musicals" both inside traditional theaters and opera houses, and outside in the community - in non-standard spaces, places and environments - to engage the community in the process and the performance of the piece to the greatest extent possible top History Family Opera Initiative (FOI), established by Grethe Barrett Holby in 1995 as a program of American Opera Projects, as a means to reach out and develop new audiences for opera. FOI has developed a series of "opera-musicals" for family audiences including Flurry Tale (1999), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2001), Fireworks! (2002) and Animal Tales. Working with such artists as Billy Aronson, Kitty Brazelton, Eugenio Carmi, Kenneth Cavander, Franco Colavecchia, Umberto Eco, Peter Kazaras, Richard Peaslee, Rusty Magee, George Plimpton, Clifton Taylor, and Amy Trompetter - extraordinary artists, unexpected in the field of family entertainment. Premieres have been presented by AOP at the Clark Studio Theater, TADA!, and Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, NY. Workshops have taken place at AOP, FOI, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Montclair State University (NJ), and New York City area schools. "
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